"The "Red Death" had long devasted the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous."
I am bored waiting for the crazy (horrendous) plague to pass by. I think I will invite some of my friends and some of the wealthy to spend their time here until it is safe again. That way, I can spend my time with others rather than alone.
At each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company;
And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.